IFFI aims to expand master-classes, film sessions next year

“We see IFFI not just as a festival which screens films but also as a place from where aspiring filmmakers can learn from the masters. The festival also plans to invite technicians, apart from the filmmakers, so that cinephiles can have a wholesome experience of the event. “We are also very keen to have technicians on board from next year on a huge scale. The International Film Festival of India (IFFI) plans to expand their programming schedule from next year by including more master-classes and ‘in-conversation’ series with acclaimed filmmakers from around the world. Senthil says the decision will be permanent and won’t be changed. The recently concluded 47th edition of the festival in Goa saw a host of national and international directors interact with the audience and share their filmmaking experience. We will expand our programming that way so that people who love cinema can have a wholesome experience,” he added. The country focus this year at IFFI was the Republic of Korea, which also held co-production workshops at the festival. So we would be expanding our master classes and ‘in-conversation’ series from next year,” C Senthil Ranjan, director, IFFI, told PTI. By: PTI | Mumbai |

Published:November 29, 2016 4:57 pm

Since 2010, IFFI held screening of students films for four premier film institutes, however, following 2015 protest by FTII against the appointment of Gajendra Singh Chauhan as the chairman. This year at the festival, Indian films no longer needed a censor certificate to be showcased in the ‘Indian Panorama Section’. “We had several co-production workshops this year which I think will sow the seeds for new international production between India and other countries, including
Iranian film Daughter helmed by Reza Mirkarimi won the coveted Golden Peacock Award at IFFI while the Korean film The Throne bagged the special jury award, at the closing ceremony last night. Senthil feels such collaborative efforts between two nations can be of huge help to come up with films.